Biafra: MASSOB Accuses Army Of Harassment, Seizure Of Properties |RN


From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra [(MASSOB) otherwise known as Biafra Independent Movement (BIM), on Thursday, alleged that the men of the Nigerian Army harassed and conscripted their properties along the Afikpo-Owerri Road.

Briefing newsmen after their meeting in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, the leader of MASSOB/BIM in Ebonyi South zone, Mr. Sunday Ezaka, accused the military of seizing their properties while they were returning from Owerri, Imo State.

He lamented that despite the non-violence posture being maintained by the freedom seekers, the Nigerian security agencies have been harassing, arresting and locking them up in the prisons.

“Last time when we were coming back from Owerri at Masters Energy Checkpoint in Abia mounted by the Military, three of our vehicles were stopped and we were ordered to come out from our vehicles.

“They saw that we are MASSOB BIM in our uniforms both the war veterans; they asked why we should wear the uniforms with all our logos and handout books written Biafra; they said that we should give it to them and until now they have not called us for a recovery of our property.

“They seized 50 of our security uniforms, handout books titled Echo Biafra 10, shoes 15, T-shirts on MASSOB security 50, boots 50; they said they were going to investigate but up till now they have not called us for claims. On 13th of last month, the Area Command of Afikpo Police Division came and pulled down our sign post from our secretariat at Amasiri, Okigwe road” he narrated.

Reacting on the call by President Muhammadu Buhari’s on the Igbo to forget about Biafra and embrace one Nigeria, Ezaka said that the actualisation of state of Biafra is a must.

“The clamour for Biafra is actualisable and you will soon see it. MASSOB Bim started the BIAFRA struggle. I saw in the national dailies that Buhari visited Ebonyi state and said that Igbo don’t need Biafra; I want to clearly let him know that he is making a mistake by uttering such comments” said he.   (The Sun)

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MonkeyPox: Deadline Vaccines Imported From Iran, MASSOB Alleges |The Republican News

From: Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Thursday, condemned in strong terms, the alleged forceful administration of Monkey Pox vaccine in some parts of South East especially in Anambra State which caused pandemonium in the region.

This was even as it alleged that the substance was imported from Iran with the aim of subtly annihilating the people of the region who are agitating for Biafra republic.

In a statement signed by the leader of the group, Uchenna Madu, MASSOB warned the military to be mindful of their activities in the South East and South-South region.

The statement partly read: “MASSOB through our intelligence agency has confirmed that the source of the immunization drugs was brought from Iran without the due process of clearing of imported goods, our intelligence report also proved that NAFDAC was sidelined before administration of the killer poison.

“Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) condemn the forceful immunization and administration of unknown drugs to Biafra children by medical personnel of Nigeria Army which led to the unconfirmed death of about three children in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo LGA, Anambra state.

“We see this camouflaged medical humanitarian service of Nigeria Army as another dimensional step to cause the annihilation of the people of Biafra. This Nigeria military annihilation exercise can be described as “Operation Python Death.

“The unfortunate incident at Ozubulu that snowballed into “Oso Abiola (Safety Run) has opened the eyes of Igbo doubting Thomases that Buhari led Hausa Fulani Islamic agenda against the Christian dominated Biafra land is real.

“The poisonous substance administered in Ozubulu is outrightly different from the medical drugs administered in Nkwegwu, Isukwuato and Mbaise. This is a biological warfare waged against our people by Nigeria state.

“The level of hatred President Buhari and his kinsmen displayed using the instruments of Nigeria state and primitive services of the security agents against the people of Biafra because of the emergence of Biafra can lead them to indescribable acts that will reduce our intimidating population.

“MASSOB wonder why an establishment geared towards total and open extrajudicial killings of armless and non-violent Biafrans, intimidating Igbo leadership, terrorising our people and villages through their Fulani herdsmen and subjecting our economic fortunes to nothingness will suddenly avail themselves as our medical and humanitarian Messiahs?

“MASSOB also wish to reaffirm our unshaken belief and resolute consistency on the actualization and restoration of the ancient kingdom of Biafra through non-violent means.

“Hausa Fulani frustrating and intimidating approach towards Biafra revolutionary struggle will never deter our self-determination movement to freedom” the statement concluded. ( The Sun)

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Ojukwu’s Reincarnation: Most Nigerians Now Sing The Lyrics He Wrote |RN


By Ray Ekpu

At Newswatch, we must have had close to a dozen interviews with Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu after his return from exile in Ivory Coast. We cherished every opportunity to grill the eloquent rebel, not just because he led the Biafra revolt but largely because he enjoyed a much as we did the prospect of a robust forensic combat. Ojukwu was very well informed, eloquent, argumentative, analytical, controversial and loved to give to his prosecutors, that is us, as much as he received. Every encounter with the great man was an exchange of distilled wisdom.

His antecedents excited us endlessly. His father, Sir Louis Philip Odumegwu Ojukwu, was a billionaire of the old – money variety. He wanted his son to study law. The boy refused. Rather, he studied Modern History at Oxford and returned home with a master’s degree in his pocket. His father wanted him to work for his sprawling business empire. He refused and rather joined the civil service as an Assistant District Officer. When he got bored he decided to join the Army as a recruit. His seniors in the Army tried to frustrate him apparently wondering why such a highly educated man from a well-regarded father would choose to be a soldier. He refused to take the bait.

Let’s step back a little bit. When he was at King’s College, Lagos, a school for the children of the elite runners in his days largely by British citizens something spectacular happened. The boys were unhappy about the quality of their food so they decided to go on strike. One of the senior students, Victor Ovie-Whiskey, was assigned to remain at the school gate and to let no one in or out. He was armed with a huge machete. One of the teachers, a tall, brash bully of an Englishman called Slee came around and howled at Ovie-Whiskey, commanding him to get out of the way. Ojukwu, a tiny 10-year-old, was sent by some senior students to fetch water for them. When Ojukwu saw Slee intimidating Ovie-Whiskey he dropped his bucket, jumped up and slapped this huge Englishman. Everyone was stunned. The police were called in and the matter was taken to court. Ojukwu was tried along with other students and freed.

Let’s step forward. Ojukwu waged war against his country, lost it, went into exile in Ivory Coast. Shehu Shagari in a rare moment of statesmanship forgave his trespasses and Ojukwu got accepted into the mainstream of Nigerian life again. But he was not fully forgiven because of even his own party, the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), blocked him from becoming a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was not a man to be deterred by any temporary setback. He trudged on and when Sani Abacha convoked his national conference Ojukwu was one of the respected delegates who thought that if Abacha had a bag of tricks they were ready to open it. At the conference, Ojukwu showed, once again, that he was a man of courage and conviction.

Alex Ekwueme, one of the conferees, was speaking one day at the conference when some of the delegates heckled trying to bring his speech to an abrupt end. Ekwueme was trying to figure out whether to stop or to damn the hecklers when Ojukwu got up from his seat, went up and stood behind Ekwueme like the Rock of Gibraltar. He said to Ekwueme, “Speak”. The hall was in turmoil. The veteran warrior was ready for whatever anybody was ready for.

Why am I talking about Ojukwu now when he is not anywhere around here. The reasons are four (a) at Aburi, Ghana, where a last-ditch attempt was made to save Nigeria from disintegration Ojukwu was a central figure (b) President Muhammadu Buhari talked about Ojukwu’s acceptance of Nigerian unity when he visited him in Daura some years ago (c) the idea of Biafra has gained traction again and we seem to be back all over again to 1967. (d) the negotiability or otherwise of Nigeria’s unity is on parade right now, an idea that Ojukwu had discussed in several seminal interviews in the past.

In a five-hour gruelling interview that Newswatch had with Ojukwu in September 1992. He talked extensively about what transpired at Aburi. “At Aburi I used the term that it was better for us to separate a little and survive than to keep close and burn ourselves up in the friction. This is the statement I made and everybody said Ojukwu calls for confederation. If you go through the tapes again you wouldn’t hear the word confederation coming from my lips. But it is a Nigerian fact, the basis of unity, even today, some people might say doesn’t exist. Let us talk as Nigerians. Let our leaders talk and get us an acceptable form of togetherness.”

President Muhammadu Buhari was probably truthful about his conversation with Ojukwu on Nigeria’s unity in Daura some years ago. After being pardoned for his sins, Ojukwu had no reason to go on the treasonable path again. He had accepted defeat, got back to Nigeria on Nigeria’s terms and sought to be a Nigerian senator. He attended Abacha’s constitutional conference and made his presence felt. And when he stole the heart of the beautiful Bianca Christian Onoh he made Abuja the staging post for the wedding carnival. He was making a statement that he and his wife were fully Nigerianised that is why they chose Abuja as the centre of the Marriage Carnival. It wasn’t that he was running away from a possible disruption of the marriage by an angry C. C. Onoh who was initially opposed to the union. Ojukwu still had a huge crowd of admirers who could have taken care of business if he chose to tie the knot in Enugu.

Please permit this little digression. A few years ago, a certain man, handsome and loquacious who is a politician just as his father was had said that he used to touch Bianca sometime in the distant past. Who could be touching her now? Femi Fani-Kayode, are you back there?

In spite of Ojukwu’s full reclamation of his Nigerianness, he was still a bit sceptical about the sustainability of its unity. In the interview I referred to earlier we had asked him about his book on Biafra. His reply was. “I would tell you that I want Nigeria to settle down a little bit more”. We said: “Nigeria is settled”. He said: “Nigeria is not. You know it is not.” This was in 1992. Twenty-Five years later, Nigeria looks even more unsettled than ever before. There is a shooting war in the North East. Pythons aka soldiers are dancing and devouring people in the South East. Herdsmen are harassing farmers and communities in various parts of the country. There is also a new deadly game in a town known as kidnapping. Just as it happened in 1967 people are asked to leave one part of the country for fear of being attacked. So is it deja vu all over again?

When Ojukwu was alive MASSOB was around. We asked him at one of the interviews what was his take on MASSOB. He never condemned them and never supported them but he thought they were making the right noises. His position was simply pragmatic and existentially prudent. He would have been foolish to condemn them for doing what he had done even though he got his fingers burnt in the process. He would have sounded hypocritical after accepting to be a Nigerian again if he decided to back them. So what would Ojukwu have done now? Whatever anyone may say now is only in the realm of speculation. But I believe he would have continued to insist on what he called a “better togetherness.” A better togetherness is elastic and indefinable, but it means a rejection of the status quo and a pursuit of a less jaga jaga system of running our lives.

He would not have prescribed secession again because there is no pogrom or any existing calamity that has befallen Ndigbo now. He would know that the actualization of Biafra as an independent republic is the equivalent of tilting at windmills in the light of the political and administrative structure of the South East today. He would also have thought that many Igbos would not succumb to the seductive thought of an idea that could bring another war to the Igbos who have not yet fully recovered from the last one. But he would have continued to ask for a “better togetherness”.

That is the rallying cry in various parts of the country today. That was Ojukwu’s thesis at Aburi. After the Biafra fiasco, he never stopped asking for a rearrangement of the country for optimal functionality. Nnamdi Kanu is unlikely to get the Republic of Biafra but embedded in his idealistic, unachievable and melodramatic exertions is the fact that Nigeria needs some structural refurbishment. That is what Ojukwu sought for at Aburi. That is what he fought for after the war and until he died. That is why I think Ojukwu has reincarnated.

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IPOB Remains Terrorist Group, Despite EU, US Stance, Says Buhari’s Aide |RN

                                                             IPOB members

Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

Special Adviser to the President on Prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, has described as inconsequential the recognition accorded the Indigenous People of Biafra by some foreign nations as a non-terrorist group, despite Nigeria’s recent proscription and designation of the group as a terrorist organisation.‎

Obono-Obla also disclosed that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami(SAN), would soon charge the promoters and members of the proscribed group for allegedly operating illegally in Nigeria in violation of Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act.

He maintained in a statement which he released late on Sunday that IPOB’s activities qualified it as a terrorist group as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act 2013.

The presidential aide said by its advocacy and modus of operation, IPOB terrorised, harassed or intimidated “those who do not subscribe it to its separatist’s ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription”.

He added, “So it is a terrorist organisation! This is also an organisation that was hounding and killing Nigerians in Rivers and Abia States before the military intervention!

“This is a group that was burning police stations; killing police officers, throwing bombs at military convoys, threatening to make the country ungovernable, threatening to stop governorship election in Anambra State!

“Most importantly a court of competent jurisdiction -Federal High Court has presided over by the Acting Chief Judge, Justice Abdul Kafarati upon an application filed by the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation hinged on Section 2 (1) (a) & (b) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act granted an order proscribing IPOB! So whether EU or United States of Nigeria or any foreign country says about IPOB is immaterial, irrelevant and of no moment!”

He insisted that the designation of IPOB as a terrorist group with the backing of a court order proscribing it last week was Nigeria’s domestic affair, which foreign nations should not meddle in.

With particular reference to the European Union and the United States of America, Obono-Obla said meddling in Nigeria’s internal affair could erode the nation’s sovereignty.

He said, “I have previously said that the international community should not meddle in our internal affairs because doing that will amount to an erosion of our sovereignty!

“The EU has no business absolutely and totally with our internal matters so if EU says it does not see IPOB as a terrorist group, it does not matter as far as Nigeria is concerned.

“It is inconsequential! We all know by the definition of a terrorist organisation within the meaning of the term as defined by the provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, IPOB is a terrorist organisation! Also it by its advocacy and modus of operation it is a terrorist organisation! It used to terrorise, harassing or intimidating those who do not subscribe it to its separatist’s ideology and ethnic bigotry before its proscription so it is a terrorist organisation!

“I want to add that the USA may say IPOB is not a terrorist organisation by US Law because it is a registered business concern in the State of California in the United States!

“However by Nigerian law a foreign company which is not registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission by the provisions of Section 53 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004 is illegal.

“And by Section 54 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, it is a criminal offence for a foreign company to operate in Nigeria without registration! So all this while IPOB was operating in Nigeria illegally!”   (Punch)

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Biafra Designed To Be Realised Without Bullets – Uwazuruike |The Republican News


BIM Leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike

From David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi

Leader of Biafra Independence Movement and founder of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (BIM-MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, yesterday, disclosed that his organization was the first in the continent to adopt the non-violent approach in the struggle for independence, assuring that BIM-MASSOB would continue to be a role model for groups seeking self-determination without resorting to violence.

 Uwazuruike noted that the struggle for new Biafra should not be handled in a manner similar to a coup, adding that the decision to adopt a non-violent approach to actualising self-determination was in the interest of Biafran people, and should not be seen as an act of cowardice.

 “We are not violent because we know that is the only right way through which we can actualize Biafra. I challenge the critics of non-violent approach particularly Mr Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to mention one country that achieved independence through violence,” Uwazuruike submitted.

Uwazuruike who spoke through the movement’s Director of Information, Mazi Chris Mocha further explained that in his careful planning of MASSOB in 1999 through non-violence, he envisaged that he would actualise Biafra without a single bullet fired, no life would be lost and no exodus involved.

He said that no single nation had ever achieved independence through violence and challenged anyone that had an example to mention just one nation that achieved independence through a violent process.

He explained that he spent the time to educate his members on the philosophy of non-violence since the moment violence became admissible the whole objective set out by BIM-MASSOB would be defeated.

He, however, disclosed that on several occasions the federal government had wanted BIM-MASSOB to adopt violence so that it could find enough excuse to crush the new Biafra struggle and to brand it a terrorist group before the international community “but we have always resisted that as mature agitators.”  (The Sun)

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Killer Herdsmen Not Terrorists: Garba Shehu Angers, Ekiti, Benue, MASSOB |RN



Fulani Herdsman


Ekiti, Benue, MASSOB slam presidential aide

By Adetutu Folasade-Koyi, Wole Balogun, Ekiti, Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha  and Rose Ejembi, Makurdi

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, declared during a programme on national television, yesterday, that killer herdsmen are not terrorists.

He described them as “criminal gangs.”

There have been clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers across the country. Clashes between herdsmen and local communities, in Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Nasarawa, Ekiti, Ondo, Delta, Edo, Kaduna states, among others.

Ekiti, Benue, Taraba states have enacted anti-grazing laws. In these states, herdsmen have rejected the law and vowed to challenge them in court.

Regardless, Shehu reiterated on Channels, yesterday, that the federal government did not declare herdsmen as terrorists because they are “only criminal gangs” and quickly added that security agencies are dealing with them, according to the law.

“There is a difference between a criminal gang, criminal activity and a terrorist activity; and, I think from the definition we are getting, yes, Fulani herdsmen are a criminal gang and they are being dealt with according to the law of the country.

“But, IPOB, like Boko Haram, has a territory they have carved out for themselves, as a sovereign state of their own. They have shown the willingness to invade neighbouring states. They have raised concerns in neighbouring Kogi and Benue states. They have said they are interested in taking over Bayelsa and Rivers…IPOB is a small group of people running

“That is exactly what Boko Haram has done; with a flag and taxation system. This is not acceptable to the law of this country.”

Last Friday, the Defence Headquarters declared IPOB a “militant terrorist” organisation.

South East governors followed suit and proscribed the group’s activities, after a marathon meeting.

On Wednesday, a Federal High Court, in Abuja, granted government’s prayer and granted an interlocutory injunction to outlaw the group as a terrorist organisation.

Asked whether the government knows the IPOB leader’s whereabouts, Shehu replied that the enquiries should be directed, instead, at those who signed his bail in April.

 Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s counsel,  had alleged that his client is missing, after security agents allegedly stormed his home in Umuahia, on September 14, 2017.

“I am surprised someone would ask this question. Look, some people went to court and obtained his freedom, they signed his bail. I believe that a high profile group including a Senator of the Federal Republic signed in a court of law and obtained his freedom.

“So, if you are looking for him, why don’t you ask the people who bailed him? Nobody has informed me that Mr Kanu is in the hands of any institution of government. But, if I were looking for him, I would ask the guy who bailed him because that was the deal he had with the court of the land,” said Garba.

When Daily Sun contacted Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, to react to Shehu’s comments, he said the government was just being selective on who to label as terrorist.

“It is very clear that they are the one who determines who is corrupt and who is not corrupt. When Fulani herdsmen sack communities in broad daylight, like it happened in Benue and Plateau, they carry AK 47, maim and destroy people. What do we call them if not terrorists? 

“If the government of the day says the herdsmen are not terrorists, we leave them to continue to be selective.  

“The destruction that the herdsmen have wreaked on the soil of Nigeria is a far cry from the mere agitation and peaceful protests IPOB have carried out and yet, government proscribed IPOB.”

On his part, Chief Press Secretary to Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom, Terver Akase, insisted that what the herdsmen had done in the state amounted to acts of terrorism.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Sun in Makurdi, yesterday, Akase, who noted that unlawfully taking the lives of innocent people was not permitted anywhere in the world, maintained that such action is nothing but terrorism. “It is difficult to describe who is a terrorist and who is not but, what we do know is that whoever carries weapons to invade a community or a town and kill innocent people, if such person is not a terrorist, what he is doing amounts to an act of terrorism, because terrorism also seeks to destroy…That person may not be a terrorist but that act is an act of terrorism which herdsmen have been carrying out in Benue state,” the CPS said.

IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Powerful, dismissed Shehu’s comments and insisted that the group has the right to agitate for an independent state of Biafra.

“IPOB is fighting for our right, which is permitted by the law of the United Nations and are terrorists for being peaceful and harmless

“Fulani herdsmen are recognised as the fourth, deadliest terrorist group in the whole world. We maintain our non-violent approach, towards the restoration of Biafra.”

To the leader of the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Mr Uchenna Madu, Shehu’s comments “has proved an earlier exposition that armed Fulani herdsmen, causing violent havoc in Christian-dominated regions are Hausa Fulani jihadist foot soldiers.                                     

“We still insist that IPOB is not a terrorist organisation.”   (The Sun)

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Take Your Python Dance To Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, BIM Tells FG |RN


From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

The Ralph Uwazuruike faction of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra, (MASSOB) otherwise called Biafra Independent Movement, BIM, has advised the federal government against the deployment of soldiers to the South East.

The group advised the government to rather invest their military exploits in pushing back and defeating Boko Haram and stopping the killer herdsmen that terrorize most states of the south of Nigeria. The Nnewi South Regional Administrator of BIM, Chief Anthony Nwodo, said the Operation Python Dance in the east has an ulterior motive of extermination of the Igbo nation by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. “It is because of the Biafra agitation that Operation Python Dance was sent to us.

There is no ethnic group without crisis. They should withdraw the python now. It was not launched in Boko Haram controlled Areas or in states where herdsmen attack residents and farmers and the armed robbers/kidnappers infested Kaduna/Abuja highway.”

“What happens in the north is worse than IPOB activities here in the south, yet they did not think it appropriate to send their coward soldiers who fled to Cameroun and other neighbouring nations when they were attacked by Boko Haram insurgents.”

“Let them come to us on intelligence advice on how to subdue criminals instead of pretending to be crime fighters when they are cowards,” Nwodo fumed.

In his contribution, the Anambra Central zonal leader, Emmanuel Omenka, said, “we are not violent and we are not afraid of attack or arrest and that was why we did not attack IPOB members when they attacked us in Onitsha during the celebration of 18 years of MASSOB existence”  (The Sun)

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